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REVENGE A REFORM-SCHOOL LESSON IS REPAID IN BLOOD

Tabulations are based on an exit poll averaging at least 300 filmgoers per movie. Viewers rate the movie between 1 and 4 stars. "Audience Approval" is the percent who gave the film either 3 1/2 or 4 stars.

AUDIENCE NUMBER
MOVIES APPROVAL OF STARS
PUBLIC CRITICS
FLY AWAY HOME
1. 92% 3.83.3
GET ON THE BUS
2. 89% 3.73.3
THAT THING
3.YOU DO 86% 3.73.0
THE GHOST AND
4.THE DARKNESS 86% 3.71.9
FIRST WIVES CLUB
5. 85% 3.72.6
SLEEPERS
6. 80% 3.62.8
D3: THE MIGHTY
7.DUCKS 80% 3.61.6
FIRST KID
8. 77% 3.61.9
THE LONG KISS
9.GOODNIGHT 74% 3.51.9
THE LEOPARD SON
10. 73% 3.53.4
BIG NIGHT
11. 72% 3.33.6
BOUND
12. 68% 3.33.4
THE GLIMMER MAN
13. 68% 3.31.9
BULLETPROOF
14. 64% 3.41.9
EXTREME MEASURES
15. 56% 3.12.7
THE CHAMBER
16. 52% 3.11.8
THE RICH MAN'S
17.WIFE 49% 3.11.4
LAST MAN
18.STANDING 47% 2.92.0
2 DAYS IN THE
19.VALLEY 45% 3.12.8
MAXIMUM RISK
20. 42% 2.92.4
TOP 20 AUDIENCE APPROVAL AVERAGE: 69 PERCENT

COMMENTS

"Sleepers" explores a moral labyrinth, stretching across decades of the lives of four men. As kids growing up in New York's notorious Hell's Kitchen, the four friends steal a hot-dog vending cart. But the prank goes sour when the cart rolls down subway stairs, crushing a man to death. The four are sentenced to Wilkinson, a juvenile-corrections center, where they are abused and forced to perform homosexual acts by the guards, the most despicable of whom is Kevin Bacon.

Years later the boys have grown up and followed different paths. Jason Patric is a reporter, Brad Pitt is an assistant district attorney. Ron Eldard and Billy Crudup are gangsters who stumble upon Kevin Bacon in a diner and gun him down. Their trial gives Pitt and Patric a perfect opportunity to experience the therapy of revenge.

The movie is based on Lorenzo Carcaterra's novel, which in turn is based on fact. Nevertheless, the film will most certainly offend many, particularly the much besieged Catholic church.

Viewers said: "I don't know much about acting, but it seemed obvious to me that these were all superb performances," and "This is one of those films that engages you from the outset and makes you think." (Buffalo News Critic Richard Huntington: "A windy Barry Levinson tries mightily to portray the terrible continuity of human life that seems to come as much from indifferent fate as from the clash of individual choices. The Greeks did it better, and probably in a lot less time." He gave it 3 of 5 stars.)

NEW RELEASES

"Get on the Bus": On a bus ride from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., to attend Louis Farrakhan's Million Man March, a group of participants experience some male bonding to go along with a surprisingly gentle exploration of racial issues. Strangers at first, the men expose their deepest beliefs through confessions of the heart. Viewers said: "I wasn't expecting such a delightful film. I'd call it playful," and "This is one of Spike Lee's best movies. It's funny and yet has something to say." (Buffalo News Staff Reviewer Melinda Miller: "Spike Lee's 'Get on the Bus' isn't a documentary, but it plays like one. The performances are inspired, the dialogue is sharp and the message is clear. See it through whatever color eyes you have, it has something to say about history, responsibility and prejudices of all kinds. Not a perfect movie, but a meaningful and interesting one that also manages to be funny when appropriate." She gave it 3 1/2 stars.)

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